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Cavs ignore last year's comeback after another 0-2 hole

08 June 2017, 01:48 | Deanna Wagner

LeBron James had no time for one reporter's question after the Cavaliers lost Game 2 of the NBA Finals to the Warriors. Obviously, the Cavs have to "defend home court" for at least one of the next two games or else the series will be over in a hurry, as LeBron so astutely pointed out.

Rather than reach back to last year's championship comeback for a confidence boost, James' focus is on figuring out what Cleveland must do to change its fortunes against a Warriors team that is fresher and far more risky this year, thanks to the addition of Kevin Durant.

Shumpert experienced cramping in the second half of the Cavs' 132-113 Game Two loss on Sunday and required intravenous fluids after the game, a team source told ESPN. He's poured everything he's had into the last two games, it hasn't mattered.

Golden State, which committed just four turnovers in Game 1, had eight in the first quarter alone but nonetheless managed to build as much as a 10-point advantage in the period. Also, since Game 2 was the highest-rated Game 2 in the Finals since the Jordan era, most fans don't seem bothered either. Curry also had a triple-double - 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

But there are moments away from the spotlight at the National Basketball Association final, when cameras aren't capturing every minute, when every word isn't being recorded or chronicled, when he stands out even more.

And Golden State guard Klay Thompson, lately in an uncharacteristic shooting slump, finished with 22 points and seven rebounds. "And they have a lot of guys who are great passers, so you got to be alert at all times".

Based on the first two games, the next National Basketball Association champion appears a done deal. "If you make a mistake - we had a turnover, it came from me, then we had a miscue and the floods opened again". "That's our game. We want to play with a pace, but to play with a pace you have to get stops".

"But we are here, we're more focused on what happened previous year like in terms of we were up 2-0 and we came here and the series shifted".

After a commanding opening to the Finals featuring two dominant wins, the Warriors know they are about to face their toughest test of the postseason.

Curry credited his first finals triple double to the tension of the title quest and the effort needed to answer the Cavs' challenge. When Cleveland went small, Kerr countered with an effective small lineup - centers Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee played less than 16 combined minutes. If you don't win, and someone says he is the best player in the world, what do you get from that?

There's zero point in harping on the no-call-the Warriors thoroughly outplayed every non-LeBron Cav, and one play was not going to swing this game. "The turnovers kind of got underneath my skin a little bit, and I was kind of letting it affect my mannerisms too much". They need big nights from James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love - and even then a roster of struggling role players has to pick it up. "They're a different team". But as it was in Game 1, the third quarter offered the Warriors an opportunity to create some separation, and by the start of the fourth they led by 14.

"That's not our game", James said on June 6 after practice at The Q.

"I thought for the most part with the game plan that we had we tried to execute it as close as possible", James said. Coming from J.R. Smith, as that quote did, not so much.

The win extended their unbeaten streak in the season's playoffs to 14 games. And, as we learned past year, it's never wise to count those teams out of any series. "No, it's not over".

But when the Warriors take the floor in Cleveland on Wednesday, in as hostile a house as you can find, Curry will pull some goofball move in warm-ups.

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